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Myron Weiner, PhD Biography

Late Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“What we don’t need–at the expense of workers and taxpayers–is the kind of solution [where] everyone present within the boundaries of the United States ought to have the same rights and benefits. It would be politically irresponsible to turn these legislative issues over to the courts to decide on the basis of constitutional principles. Instead, we need reasoned analysis and public discussion of how we can balance diverse objectives to accomplish what is fiscally possible, what is humane, and what best serves the goals of incorporating migrants into citizenship, deterring illegals, maintaining public health, and protecting children.”

“Messy Realities,” Boston Review, Oct./Nov. 1998

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1961-1999
  • Chair of the External Research and Advisory Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 1996-1999
  • Professor, Political Science, Princeton University
  • Professor, Political Science, University of Chicago
  • Consultant to the U.S. State Department, the National Security Council, the World Bank, and the Agency for International Development
  • Visiting Professor at Harvard, Oxford, the Hebrew University, Delhi University, and the University of Paris
  • Elected Member, the American Philosophical Society
  • PhD, Princeton University, 1955
  • MA, Princeton University, 1953
  • BA, City College of New York, 1951
  • Born: 1931
  • Deceased: 1999